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12:05 AM ET, May 13, 2014

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J.D. Walker / Asheboro Courier Tribune:
Congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies suddenly at home  —  ASHEBORO — Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, died suddenly at his home today.  —  Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home at 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro.
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Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:   Clay Aiken's Opponent in Congressional Race, Keith Crisco, Dies
Dana Davidsen / CNN:   North Carolina congressional candidate Keith Crisco dies
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce gives ultimatum to GOP  —  Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the GOP shouldn't even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year.  —  “If the Republicans don't do it, they shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016 …
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:   Chamber Of Commerce President To GOP: Pass Immigration Reform Or Sit Out 2016
Russell Berman / The Hill:
When will Boehner turn to immigration?
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Chamber Prez: GOP Has No Chance In 2016 If It Blocks Immigration Reform
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans as Antarctic Ice Melts  —  The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.
Michael Paterniti / GQ Magazine Online:
The Man Who Knows Too Much  —  He works at the white-hot center of the media universe as the most reliable source for NSA surveillance scoops.  He talks to Edward Snowden most days and has full access to the complete archive.  And while Glenn Greenwald has spent the past year publishing revelations …
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Greenwald Doesn't Share Washington's Love Of Tim Russert  —  Tim Russert was revered inside the Beltway.  When the former “Meet the Press” host died suddenly in 2008, there was no shortage of tributes from his fellow Washingtonians.  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hailed Russert as the …
Allen West / Allen B. West:
Focus on Boko Haram right now seems fishy to me  —  I find it interesting that everyone (including the First Lady) is now all up in arms about Boko Haram and their jihadist actions.  After all, we reported on the kidnappings of the girls quite some time ago - this isn't breaking news.
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Michael Hirsh / Politico:
The Boko Haram-Benghazi Link  —  In making the case that al Qaeda was on the run, the Obama administration sought to narrow down its enemies list - especially in Africa.  —  When it comes to out-conspiracizing his GOP competitors, Allen West is the master.
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg View
Lanre Ola / Reuters:   Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped Nigerian girls for prisoners
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ann Coulter's Hashtag Hijacking Of #BringBackOurGirls Backfires Big Time  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Sunday night joined the band of conservatives mocking the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which began as a way to call attention to the 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
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Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Here Is a Collection of Twitter Trolls Teaching Photoshop to Ann Coulter
Harvard University:
Statement on ‘Black Mass’  —  The reenactment of a ‘black mass’ planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment to foster a community based on civility and mutual understanding.
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Harvard News:
Amid Opposition, Extension School Club Will Hold Satanic Black Mass Demonstration  —  Despite condemnation by the Archdiocese of Boston, Harvard Chaplains, student religious groups, and many alumni and students on campus, an organization of Harvard Extension School students will move forward …
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Going down in flames: Shane Osborn decides to lose ugly in Nebraska  —  I was almost starting to feel sorry for Shane Osborn.  —  After all, he had been spurned by the conservative movement in favor of a fresher face named Ben Sasse, had been unceremoniously un-endorsed (for really no good reason) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Boehner bans a return to earmarks  —  An earmark revival may be causing a stir in the Capitol — but John Boehner said there's no way the House is going back to that “nonsense” under his leadership.  —  Some House and Senate Republicans are clamoring for a return to the practice …
Discussion: CNN
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner can't promise another 2 years as speaker
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
I Checked My Privilege, And It's Doing Just Fine  —  1.2K  —  SHARES  —  Liberals have a new word for what normal people call “success.”  They call it “privilege,” as if a happy, prosperous life is the result of some magic process related to where your great-great-great-grandfather came from.
Wiley Online Library:
Widespread, rapid grounding line retreat of Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith and Kohler glaciers, West Antarctica from 1992 to 2011.†  —  Additional Information Author Information  —  University of California Irvine, Dept. Earth System Science, Irvine, CA, USA
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voter Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2010  —  Republicans, Democrats less enthusiastic about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of U.S. registered voters, 53%, say they are less enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections, while 35% are more enthusiastic.
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Agency Won't Let Firms Segregate Web Traffic Into Fast, Slow Lanes  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission is revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, including offering assurances that the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes.
Staci Zaretsky / Above the Law:
In What State Do Courthouse Janitors Make More Money Than Prosecutors?  —  Some people go to law school not in the hope of making buckets of cash, but to bring justice to their communities.  With long hours and low pay, being a government attorney is a noble pursuit.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
James Walker / ESPN:
Don Jones apologizes for tweet  —  MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins have fined second-year defensive back Don Jones an undisclosed amount and excused him from the team following critical remarks towards Michael Sam, who recently became the first openly gay athlete drafted by the NFL.
 
 
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee Wants To Impeach Judge Who Struck Down Ark. Gay Marriage Ban
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Geithner: White House Wanted Me to Lie on Sunday Shows
Discussion: Hit & Run, NewsBusters and Power Line
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Club for Growth Cuts Spending in Idaho GOP Primary
Discussion: Roll Call
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Someone broke into President Garfield's tomb and stole his commemorative spoons
Discussion: The Verge and The Week
Daniel Doherty / Townhall.com:
Obama's Job Approval Rating in New Hampshire: 36 Percent
Discussion: Hot Air
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Agrees Obama Is Killing Veterans, Suggests Obamacare Enrollees Will Be Next
Discussion: The Raw Story and CNN
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Iowa Republican Senate Candidate Still Thinks Iraq Had WMDs
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Hillary and Me  —  The 2008 campaign was a nightmare.  Will 2016 be as bad?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
New York Times:
Local Tea Party Activists See Own Groups Among Washington Adversaries
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Pamela Engel / Business Insider:
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